A Long Way Gone By Ishmael Beah Essay

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“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.” William Sherman. A Long Way Gone, written by Ishmael Beah, recounts a real life experience of a child soldier in Sierra Leone and like Sherman said he finds war to be hell. The memoir portrays in horrific detail the realities of war and the effects it has on all the people. Ishmael Beah is only twelve when the war arrives on his doorstep in 1993. It tears apart his family and leaves him to wander the country for months with other boys in search of their families. Along the journey they are forced to make a decision that will forever change their lives. As the author faces the challenge of survival in his war torn country he has to do whatever possible to survive leading to his loss of innocence and unstable emotions.
As the book shares Ishmael Beah’s story, doing whatever he needs to do to survive becomes the driving force behind his actions. A little way along into the book his village is attacked by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) or rebels. Thus in order to survive he must flee the village forcing him to abandon his family to live. He is able to hide out in the nearby jungle for a short amount of time; eventually he is compelled to return in search of money for real food despite the possibility of running into RUF soldiers. Farther along in his quest for his family a village he stays in becomes surrounded by RUF soldiers trying to eradicate the government soldiers within the…

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